DAD FAG, BLOOD BEACH, HOT FACE
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) Named in honor of an early '80s splatter B-movie ("Blood Beach, it's an okay place to visit, but I wouldn't want to die there") of the same name, Portland's Blood Beach (which features Mercury freelancer Ethan Jayne) are more content blowing out speakers than they are making the tide run red. On their boastfully lo-fi debut EP, vocals are submerged deep into the mix, as the band eschews punk rock's tempo for a surprisingly reserved pace and plenty of unexpected instrumentation—most notably the howling theremin on "Soft Serve" and "I Cannot Live in Your Pyramid." Oh and Dad Fag, if you are not a tribute act to '90s brit-rockers Gay Dad I'm going to be deeply disappointed. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
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